Thursday, 11 November 2021 17:42

The Vissles LP85 mechanical keyboard brings out your inner creativity

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A great writer, programmer, analyst, leader deserves a great keyboard. Vissles is no slouch when it comes to solid, attractive, performant, and quality keyboards. The Vissles LP85 is their latest keyboard and it can help you enter the focus zone and type away. It's a slim little unit, with features in excess of its size.

While Vissles dubs the aluminium LP85 keyboard a 'mac style' keyboard it supports Windows and Android as equally well as it does macOS and iPadOS. It does come in two different hardware layouts - Windows and Mac - which simply means you either have Win and Alt keys, or you have Command and Option keys. Apart from this, the two different keyboard options are identical.

The keyboard is a delight to use and to look at. Visually, it is attractive and has RGB dynamic backlighting which can be switched off, or alternatively, you can toggle through a range of visualisations and can use special key combinations to change direction, adjust backlighting level, and adjust lighting the transition frequency.

The Vissles LP85 mechanical keyboard supports both wired (via USB-C) and Bluetooth 5.0 operation, allowing you to use it equally well with any desktop, laptop, or even mobile devices, so long as they support USB-C or Bluetooth keyboards. The keyboard includes a 2000mAh battery, allowing you a good amount of usage between recharges. In fact, that could easily last you 100 hours of continuous usage with the RGB lighting turned off. With lighting on, that time diminishes, of course, but you can toggle RGB lighting on and off, and save it for when you need backlighting or want to enjoy the cool effects.

As you might expect from a mechanical keyboard it feels good with solid responsiveness and feedback. It has low profile optical switches with a pre-travel of 1.2 +/- 0.30mm and total travel of 2.5 +/- 0.30mm. The keyboard offers a slope angle of two degrees, weighs 0.547 kg, and has compact, thin measurements of 307.6mm x 118.1mm x 15.1mm. In fact, Vissles says it is the world’s thinnest optical-mechanical keyboard.

A thoughtful and well-presented guide is included in the box explaining all the options to pair with up to three Bluetooth devices and to switch between them, how to adjust the backlighting, how to switch OS support, and how to use the function keys for different media usages like increasing or decreasing volume, muting, and switching tracks. The keyboard also duplicates all the other functions typically seen on the Mac keyboard like F3 for mission control and F4 for launchpad. If the keyboard is set to Windows mode, F3 will instead perform 3D flip taskbar and F4 will launch Windows Explorer.

Ultimately, Vissles has, like always, put great care into the LP85 keyboard offering a tremendous device that works as well as it looks, has had great care put into its design, which works with any device you want, travels with you, and helps put you in the productivity zone, your fingers and the keyboard becoming one.

Right now, your way to getting one of these keyboards is via Kickstarter, with the campaign due to end on December 3rd. The campaign has already hit its funding target, and iTWire has received and played with one of the keyboards ourselves so it's not vaporware. If you are looking for a multi-purpose keyboard, definitely take a look for yourself.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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